Vintage & manual lens photography
Ever since I bought my first manual-focusing lens I got hooked on working without auto-focus. Inevitably that led me also into the world of vintage lenses.
In fact, working with vintage and manual focusing lenses had such a profound impact on my work as a photographer that it changed my entire approach to photography forever. You can read more about this in my article: How manual-focus & vintage lenses made me a better photographer.
In the following, you can find my musings about manual-focus & vintage lenses:
In the following please find a BTS story about my first commercial assignment in which I used vintage and manual focus lenses exclusively. Its challenging but certainly worth the effort.
A set of night photographs from Bali’s largest traditional wet market. Photographed with the fastest prime lenses – the MITAKON 50 mm / f 0.95 and KERLEE 35 mm / f 1.2
PRACTICING WITH MY HELIOS 40-2 VINTAGE LENS At this moment the HELIOS 40-2, manual-focusing lens with 85 mm focal length and a max aperture of f 1.5 is probably my favorite vintage lens. And an ideal companion for slow photography (the lens is somewhat cumbersome...
Typical Balinese motives photographed with a modified Helios 44-2 lens. Very unusual photographs – with no Photoshop tricks involved at all.
See photographs of the old city of Harbin – China. Photographed with a Helios 44-2 Vintage lens. By DOMINIK